It's been over 30 years since we fell in love with the Lake Superior area. We purchased a forlorn log cabin on 40 acres, near Finland, MN, and dreamed of how this tiny space could be a seasonal retreat for our growing family. We loved the simple life it afforded us, nestled in a beautiful place in the country.

 

Beauty came with challenges. A towering but too-close tree fell on the roof. The shifting logs offered invitation to woodland guests. We tolerated flies, ants, snakes and mice. And then bats. (Our toddler alerted "Mousie on the ceiling"). The final goodbye to the "old cabin" came when Mama Squirrel birthed a litter in a kitchen drawer. Enough.

 

In 2008, we built a new cabin. Still tiny, but tight. No unexpected visitors. My favorite place is the porch, where I sit in a rocking chair that looks a bit like a snowshoe. I'm surrounded by luxurious yarn and buckets of stones I've collected. I never tire of the routine: coffee, clicking needles, creativity. All savored with a view of Sawmill Dome.

 

 

Little Cabin in the Woods -- old and new

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Moose at our Cabin

Moose at our Cabin

Wolf in our Blueberries

Wolf in our Blueberries

Road less traveled

Road less traveled

On the rocks

On the rocks

Nature's patterns

Nature's patterns

Water's edge

Water's edge

Hidden pools

Hidden pools

Walk in the woods

Walk in the woods

Our neighbors stopping by

Our neighbors stopping by

Summer's best!

Summer's best!

Maple mountain

Maple mountain

Rose hips in Fall

Rose hips in Fall

Rocks and the shore

Rocks and the shore

The new cabin

The new cabin

Shoreline texture

Shoreline texture

All is calm

All is calm

On the ridge

On the ridge

Snowed in

Snowed in

Summer sunset

Summer sunset

View from the porch

View from the porch

Color!

Color!

Palisade Head

Palisade Head

My Inspiration

 

 

 

Lakes

Streams

Shoreline

Cliffs

Rocks

Driftwood

Trees

Leaves

Ferns

Berries

Bears

Birds

Deer

Sunrise & Sunset

Ice & Snow

Light & Shadow

Fog & Sun

Clouds

Northern Lights

Moon & Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

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